Date(s) - Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego

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WHAT: Interfaith and community leaders, along with church and community members will gather at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest to announce the church as a sanctuary congregation for immigrants at risk of deportation.

  • Local immigrants to share stories of finding hope in community support 
  • San Diego Organizing Project unites interfaith leaders to call for comprehensive immigration reform

Faith leaders will be available to answer questions including:

  • What is a sanctuary church and how can an immigrant receive sanctuary?
  • How can our elected officials reform immigration policy to keep families together?
  • What other action is the faith community taking to stand in solidarity with immigrants?

WHY: Following the federal announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, faith leaders at First Unitarian Universalist Church began the long process to learn how to support local immigrants and protect families from separation. This week, at a special congregational meeting, the motion to become a sanctuary congregation passed with 93 percent in favor. The congregation commits to continuing to work with and support our community and interfaith partners to transform San Diego into a region that is more just, equitable and compassionate.


  • Interfaith clergy and leaders with the San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP):
    • Reverend Kathleen Owens, First Unitarian Universalist Church
    • Katia Ortiz, DACA recipient and SDOP Rapid Response Coordinator
    • Katia Hansen, President of UURise
    • Caleb J. Lines, University Christian Church

SAN DIEGO ORGANIZING PROJECT: SDOP is a nonpartisan, multi-issue federation of 31 faith congregations building community power to drive equity and justice in San Diego County. As one of the most diverse grassroots groups in the region, we uniquely bridge racial, cultural and economic divides. We build community power by training more than 70,000 families to organize and advocate for improvements in the quality of life all families. For more information, please visit

Media contact:  Miranda Brown,, (909) 838-2824